Pristine Grace

A Universal Atonement Must Produce a Universal Salvation
by Lemeul Potter

    THAT CHRIST DIED, ALL AGREE — WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? — Here we find professing Christians DISAGREEING.

    I HAVE ALWAYS argued in favor of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, and that all for whom Christ died would be eternally saved. I have also taken the position that the death of Christ did not affect any others, only the elect ... Jesus Christ either satisfied the Law for sin, or else He made no atonement whatever. If He did make an atonement, it was by making such an offering and suffering such a penalty of the Law as would be equivalent to the demands of the Law for sin. If He thus atoned for all the sins of the whole race of men, then it must be unjust to send any of them to eternal perdition. For if Christ had made perfect satisfaction for their sins, no just Law would ever ask more ...

    IF the Saviour died for all the race of men, then what will be the result? I answer: All the race of men would be saved, if He died for them! “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” — Notice: Reconciled to God by the death of His Son! Who were reconciled to God by the death of His Son? I answer: Those for whom He died! ALL for whom He died were reconciled. If that was the entire human race, then they will all be saved.

   Hebrews 10:10 says, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  How are we “sanctified”? Through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. Who were thus sanctified? All for whom His body was offered! If it was offered for the whole race, then the whole race are sanctified by that offering. Sanctified people never go to Hell! He not only sanctified those for whom He was offered, but He perfected them “forever.” They who are sanctified and perfected forever WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BE SAVED. “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (verse 14).

   Men must be able to see that if they admit a universal atonement, they cannot consistently deny a universal salvation. — Elder Lemuel Potter (1841-1897)